Jess Colwill, January 30, 2017

Oskar Returns to Mouz Active Roster After Disappointing Major

Tomas “oskar” Stastny is returning to mousesports’ active Counter-Strike: GO roster after being benched for four months. The AWP-specialist will be taking over the role of Chris “chrisJ” de Jong.

Mouz were “very disappointed” with their performance at the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta and that disappointment was palpable in the press release announcing the roster change.

“We had extensive holidays, we had a long bootcamp, where the guys worked hard and had very good results in practice but once the pressure was on in Atlanta we couldn't deliver the performance we had hoped for,” Mouz CEO Cengiz Tüylü said.

“We show some potential here and there but we can't manage to do the next step. With how fast paced the tournament circuit is, we decided it is necessary to change things on and off the field. Besides the change in the lineup, we will further professionalize the conditions and the 'team around the team'. With that being said, it is time for everyone on our lineup to step up and maybe review their work attitude going forward.”

While chrisJ said he was shocked by the sudden benching, he understands the need for a change in the team’s dynamic. “The core of the lineup has tried many different things for a long time and it just never seemed to work as much as we all wanted.”

When oskar was benched just two months after joining mousesports, the team cited personal issues. Oskar himself stated on Facebook that he felt he was slowing the team down and unable to keep up with the rigorous requirements of team practice. Fast forward these four months, however, and it seems he’s raring to go.

"I feel great,” he said. “I fixed a lot of things in my private life and I'm finally ready to play CS on a top level again. I was waiting for another opportunity and I was constantly working on my skills."

The team’s new starting lineup will show us what they’re made of at the IEM Katowice qualifier on February 4th. It will certainly be interesting to see how the roster change affects their performance.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.